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Texas Passes Trucking Reform Bill by Unanimous Vote

By a unanimous and bipartisan vote of 31-0, the Texas Senate passed House Bill 19—a comprehensive reform bill to reduce frivolous and abusive lawsuits targeting commercial motor vehicles. The bill’s passage earned widespread praise from the trucking industry and a broad coalition of supporters from every corner of the Texas economy, who say reforms such as HB 19 are needed to prevent a growing trend of lawsuit abuse that has sent insurance levels skyrocketing to unsustainable levels, putting enormous strain on the supply chain.

“Texas has joined the growing ranks of states across the country pursuing commonsense measures to ensure the plaintiffs’ bar can’t keep perverting civil justice into a profit center to line their own pockets,” said Chris Spear, American Trucking Associations president and CEO.

Among other provisions, HB 19 ensures juries are presented with evidence that is directly relevant to causation and injuries in a highway accident and ensures the case is focused on the events at issue—not on extraneous allegations outside the scope of the underlying accident. The trucking industry says targeted reforms like these will help remove the incentives driving abusive lawsuits.

“With the unanimous passage of House Bill 19, the trial process will continue to ensure accident victims are compensated when wrongfully injured while also protecting businesses across the state from biased and unfair courtroom tactics,” said John Esparza, Texas Trucking Association president and CEO.

The industry is encouraging the Texas House of Representatives to concur with the Senate-backed bill, so that the legislation can be sent to Gov. Greg Abbott and signed into law.

Texas becomes the latest state in recent months to pass lawsuit abuse reforms including Montana, West Virginia, Louisiana and Missouri.


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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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